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Cornelius Moses "Neely" Compton
Birth: Sep. 27, 1878
Falls Mills
Tazewell County
Virginia, USA
Death: Jun. 12, 1949
Chester
Delaware County
Pennsylvania, USA

As a very young man, Neely worked for Walton Construction Company. In 1900, he was a tractman, laying and repairing railroad tracks, for the Buckeye Coal and Coke Company in Bramwell, West Virginia. By 1903, he was a contractor and shipper of mining timber. This may have been "Belcher and Compton."

After meeting the handsome Ora Kathrine Johnson, they courted, then married in the parlor of the Jeffersonville Hotel (Tazewell), followed by a bridal trip to Jamestown.

He decided to venture into less labor-intensive work and enrolled a local business school to study bookkeeping. The Pocahontas Coal Company hired him to manage their store in Pocahontas, Virginia. Other company stores followed, and their expanding family moved around - Eckman, Tams, Devils Fork, and Rhodell, WV. In Roanoke, Virginia, he had his own store as a confectioner. The family moved to Ghent, then East Beckley where Neely sold shoes door-to-door and also Rawleigh products.

Neely was very religious and fastidiously clean about his person. He always wore long white shirts, except when working in the family garden, his only hobby other than reading the newspaper and the Bible.

He was active in church circles, serving as superintendent for the Methodist Church Sunday School classes. He was a member of the Oddfellows, president of the Rhodell PTA, and a staunch "New Dealer" Democrat. He ran for the House of Delegates but lost.

Cornelius loved his wife, was a dedicated family man, and cared deeply that his children should grow up to be good men and women.

Cornelius "Neely" was the son of Hiram Alonzo Compton and Nancy Jane Belcher. He married Ora Kathrine Johnson. 
 
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 Parents:
  Hiram Alonzo Compton (1848 - 1939)
  Nancy Jane Belcher Compton (1841 - 1903)
 
 Spouse:
  Ora Kathrine Johnson Compton (1885 - 1961)
 
 Children:
  Okey Delone Compton (1908 - 1980)*
  Eva Grey Compton Houchins (1909 - 1997)*
  Edwin Johnson Compton (1912 - 1983)*
  Elmer Garland Compton (1915 - 1967)*
  Pauline Monette Compton King (1917 - 2012)*
  Elwood Earl Compton (1920 - 1986)*
 
 Siblings:
  William L. Compton (1872 - 1937)*
  Ellen Rebecca Compton Belcher (1873 - 1963)*
  Samuel Watson Compton (1875 - 1946)*
  Louvenia Compton Billips (1877 - 1964)*
  Cornelius Moses Compton (1878 - 1949)
  Lillie Aurelia Compton French (1883 - 1961)*
  Alma Ocie Compton Crutchfield (1884 - 1936)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Sunset Memorial Park
Beckley
Raleigh County
West Virginia, USA
Plot: Greenlawn 1-10 Section
 
Created by: Judy Llamas
Record added: Jul 26, 2006
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